Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
While it hasn't been all that long ago that we got together with be quiet! and started looking at their coolers, and of course Zac was looking at what they offered in power supplies, but it wasn't until now that be quiet! tried to enter the chassis game. Following in a now growing line of manufacturers, who may have started off and gotten really well know for one type of product, is now branching out to try to take a piece of a much larger pie in the chassis game. While this chassis may at first resemble a few we have seen, be quiet! is still more than able to deliver a truly unique take on cases their first time out.
They could have just as easily copped out and brought forth something more typical with a bunch of right angles, black paint, and put their name on it and called it a day. The thing is though, they came out swinging with this new full-tower chassis design. With a company name like be quiet!, we immediately assume this chassis will be silent, or at least engineered to offer a way around noises that are present. On that same note, be quiet! enters the market much like Phanteks did and is offering us a chassis geared more to the enthusiast builders, yet keeps the cost down so that the masses can afford to jump into this chassis and enjoy the benefits that they put forth in this design.
Without spilling all the beams to leave reasons for you to continue on with the review, let's keep it simple. What you are about to see is not only terrifically styled in shape and design, but just as Phanteks did with the Enthoo, when they busted down doors with their entry to the chassis game, we feel this chassis from be quiet! is along those same lines, showing that not only does be quiet! have a terrific handle on what their customers want in a chassis, but they aren't afraid to push the boundaries to do so either. Stick around; it is well worth it, as we go over every inch of what is the all black version of the Silent Base 800 full-tower chassis from be quiet!.
be quiet! calls the Silent Base 800 an ATX chassis as far as form factor is concerned, but with a 559mm height, 266mm of width, and 495mm of depth in this 9.31 kg chassis, it is definitely a full-tower, almost a super-tower. While ours is completely black, there are two other versions of this chassis. One of them offers an orange ring on the front and some of the hardware matches, and they also offer another with a silver ring on the bezel. Most of the chassis is made of steel, while the front, top, bottom, and the Cosmos-like snap in feet are all made of ABS plastic. The front I/O is next with the pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, along with the 3.5mm jacks for the HD Audio. The last thing we see in this section is that the back of the chassis offers seven expansion slots.
Inside there are bays for three 5.25" drives at the top, but is hidden behind a door in the bezel. Below, we are given room for up to seven 3.5" drives and locations for up to four 2.5" drives on top of that. The bonus to the HDD cage is that it is broken into two sections, either or both sections are removable, and one is able to be relocated. The other handy thing they did with the storage options is that two of the 2.5" bays are offered via trays behind the motherboard. So, if you need the front open, you still have options.
Cooling in the chassis is handled out of the box with a trio of fans. The front of the chassis comes with a pair of 140mm Pure Wing fans that are all black in color and also offer rubber in the screw holes to keep them isolated from the chassis. In the rear of the chassis, there is a color match to the front pair, but this time the Pure Wing fan is 120mm in size. As far as options go, more fans as well as water cooling is all fair game. The front is made to use either 120mm fans or the 140mm fans installed there, and so is the top of the chassis. Each side panel will also allow up to 170mm fans to be used if desired, the rear is also clear for a 140mm fan option. With the drive cages completely removed, the bottom will also offer up room for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, so cooling the chassis should in no way be an issue.
Along with all the information we were given, we saw that they had an MSRP set for this chassis, but at that time, all we knew is that it was set to just below €140. Now when looking at it in a conversion sense to the US dollar, which would make this around $155. Thing is, when we did actually find one listing for this chassis over at Newegg.com, we were pleasantly surprised. There we found the silver version of the chassis priced at $139.90 with be quiet! listed as the seller. On top of that, it also comes with free shipping, and once we looked back at the chassis and ponder this pricing we are seeing, there is no doubt that you will find it is worth every penny of that asking price.
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